On July 12, 2007, Teamsters Local 726 members held an informational picket at Oak Forest, IL city hall, to show their opposition to the proposed contract for police and clerical workers. At issue are very low pay raises and a meager health care package. The City of Oak Forest is also trying to take back a $1,000 pay raise awarded to the clerical workers following an unfair labor practices decision.
Although the action was attended by 60 protesters, rank-and-file 726 members felt that the the leadership of Local 726, which has 5,500 members, could have done more to organize a large turnout in this important struggle. Video by Gary M Brooks. 16 minutes.
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